Welcome to the Website of the Service des Moniales
The Service des Moniales in France (SDM) is an association serving autonomous women abbeys and monasteries,
whose members are consecrated solely to God, in the form of a contemplative life proper to them.
It addresses the total of abbeys and monasteries distributed throughout the 15 ecclesiastical provinces,
approximately 3300 moniales and 212 monasteries.
Le Service des Moniales
The Service des Moniales in France (SDM) has for objective the promotion of monastic women’s religious life in the Church today, allowing it to practice with joy and fidelity its proper charism. It is a means by which abbeys and monasteries demonstrate their existence which by its nature is silent and hidden.
Monastic Life for Women
Just like her brother monks, the moniale, “seeker of God”, in the face-to-face with him, remains in prayer, a watchman for the world, on the lookout for dawn, in imitation of Christ whom she wants to follow. Life in the Monastery is based upon 5 pillars : Personnel and Community Prayer, Silence and Solitude, Fraternel Life, Study, Meditation, Lectio Divina…
Le Lien des moniales
Talks & interviews on prayer,
For your information :
SDM Secretary office
Carmel Notre-Dame – 81, chemin de l’Oule
The 14 monastic Orders
A page from the Gospel is entrusted to each Order who is called to emphasize upon it, while the fundamentals remain the same.
Thus, just like the nuances of a palette, monastic life and the Gospel have a million colors
…”We are different from one another only in the sense that we have different facets of the same answer to the same calling”…
Mère Marie et les bénédictines de l’Abbaye de La Rochette sont heureuses d’inviter les Oblat(e)s de l’Abbaye pour leur rencontre annuelle 2017 et elles ouvrent ce week-end aux Amis de l’Abbaye de La Rochette intéressés.
“I would like to greet especially the Carmelite Sisters and Friars on their feast day" (Pope Francis).
Throughout the centuries, the Church has been favouring the blossoming of the monastic life when this one, crossed by various movements linked to the contribution and origins of its founders, is renewed in its development.
From 6 to 10 June 2017, some 80 representatives of the 208 monasteries or abbeys of all Orders will gathered in Nevers in the shadow of St Bernadette to think and share on this « huge challenge to go on looking for God with the eyes of faith ».
Aux temps mérovingiens, des moines venus d'Irlande, sous la conduite de Colomban, traversent notre territoire. De là, naissent des communautés monastiques.
Viendrais-tu nous aider pour les travaux de l’été ? ! Et partager le quotidien de notre vie monastique ? Étudiante ? Jeune professionnelle ? Nous te proposons une expérience unique !
Vous connaissez ? Un site de musique liturgique qui chante Beauté et Harmonie. Chantres, moines, moniales y puisent antiennes, modes, hymnes, répons tout au long de l'année.
At Bec-Hellouin farm, close to the Benedictine abbey and the monastery, in the spirit of "Laudato si" (Pope Francis), about forty monks and nuns met from 16 to 19 February for a session on ecology and Permaculture.
Our monastic vocation, in the hearth of the Church and the world, say one existence day after day, totally dedicated to the unending and indefatigable seeking of the face of God, in the singular style which is prophecy and life.
She was the third-born child of the Martin family and sister of St Therese of the Child Jesus. The "least gifted of the family", as they said, hasn’t finished surprising us.